Asparagus, radish & wakame in a lemongrass and chilli broth

14 Mar

Asparagus, radish & wakame in a lemongrass and chilli broth


After additional, nuisance bout of food poisoning or something gruesome of that nature it has been a week of gentle eating. It could have been the colossal over indulgence; there was the vomit-precluding list of sev puri Chaat, pakora, sandwiches, cheese, coco-choc ice cream, paprika chocolate…well, you get the picture.

Anyway, the result was a day in bed with very, very frequent visits from a 2 year old that chanted, ‘I want mumma, I want mumma’. I tell myself that maybe my body needed this rest; perhaps my body is not cut out for vast and enormous amounts of food or bacteria in sarnies. Whatever the course, a fast followed and then some actual nourishing food.

This recipe is truly refreshing and soothing; it even made my hair feel cleaner. It’s like the welcome drink in Thailand when you feel hot, sweaty, tired yet excited in a need-to-sleep-first sort of way. All of the ingredients are gentle. Crisp heat from the radish and bite from the asparagus meets silky wakame (seaweed), and they work gloriously well with nutty brown rice. The broth is fragrant, easy and fresh.

The folk at Holy Lama sent me some of their lemongrass spice drops recently. It is potent. Really potent. I used just enough to fill the tip of the pipette that comes in the packaging and that was enough. The great thing is that I didn’t have any annoying bits of lemongrass getting stuck between my teeth but all of the flavour. You could of course just use a stalk of lemongrass and get a lovely impact…just make it and enjoy it.

Asparagus, radish & wakame in a lemongrass and chilli broth


200g asparagus cut into 2 inch pieces

200g red radish, sliced

2 cloves of garlic

2 tbsp. sesame oil

3-4 spring onions, cut into bite sized pieces

3 tbsp. wakame

One litre of vegetable stock

Red chilli flakes to taste

One tiny drop of lemongrass spice drops or one lemongrass stalk slit open

1 tbsp. rice wine vinegar

125g brown rice


  1. Cook the brown rice per the packet instruction and leave it to a side
  2. Soak the wakame in water and leave it to a side.
  3. Heat the oil in a deep pan and when it is hot add the onion, garlic, asparagus and radish and sauté for two minutes before adding in the vegetable stock, lemongrass, chilli flakes and rice wine vinegar.
  4. Bring the broth to a simmer and add the brown rice, wakame and cook for a further 5 minutes before serving hot.


18 Responses to “Asparagus, radish & wakame in a lemongrass and chilli broth”

  1. Katie @ Whole Nourishment March 14, 2014 at 11:29 am #

    Love this lemongrass broth. Glad you’re feeling better!

  2. themuffinmyth March 14, 2014 at 3:15 pm #

    Mmmmm, this broth sounds lovely, but food poisoning does not. I love that you’ve described it as so healthy even your hair felt good! A wonderful advertisement indeed. Hope you’re feeling better now.

    • Deena Kakaya March 15, 2014 at 4:39 pm #

      Ha ha Katie, lemongrass has that effect on me. I’m well and hope that you are too xx

  3. Danielle @ TheCharmItSpot March 14, 2014 at 4:10 pm #

    This looks scrumptious! This broth sounds very rich an flavor. Yum!

    • Deena Kakaya March 15, 2014 at 4:38 pm #

      Hi Danielle, thanks for taking the time to comment.

      The broth is gentle with bold flavours. X

  4. Haffa Bexi (Cute Doctor) March 14, 2014 at 5:05 pm #


  5. kellie@foodtoglow March 17, 2014 at 2:34 pm #

    Poor you! You just feel so helpless and blah. I had food poisoning several years ago from some raspberries I picked and didn’t wash (naughty I know) – ate them straight off the you-pick bush. So ill for 48 hours. I wish I had had some nourishing spiky broth when I began to eat food. My hair can always do with a treat too!I trust you are fitting fit now. Stay safe 😉

    • Deena Kakaya March 17, 2014 at 2:48 pm #

      Kellie! Feels like ages since I heard from you, I’ve been a bit absent and must go and see what you’ve been cooking up.

      Oh goodness, I love picking fruits with the boy but yes, must remember to wash. Kind of spoils some of the fun!

      I’m well now, the soup really hot the spot! Xx

  6. Joyti March 17, 2014 at 3:40 pm #

    This does look very detoxifying (is that a word?). And delicious, light which is nice for the warmer weather we’re heading toward. Yum!

    • Deena Kakaya March 17, 2014 at 3:42 pm #

      Hi Joyti, it’s exactly the sort of pretty and nutritious detox that I needed. Thanks for taking the time to comment. X

  7. greenmackenzie March 17, 2014 at 6:56 pm #

    Deena I feel refreshed just reading about this comforting broth. the perfect recipe for a gentle recovery…
    I love lemongrass, but hate the woody bits between the teeth…these drops sound like a great solution.

    • Holy Lama Naturals April 5, 2014 at 8:56 pm #

      Hi- if you wish to try our Spice Drops please use discount code “SpiceDrops141” at checkout to get a 20% off!

  8. duodishes March 18, 2014 at 2:22 am #

    Great colors in this one!

    • Deena Kakaya March 26, 2014 at 9:41 am #

      Thank you! I like colour on the plate a lot x

  9. Holy Lama Naturals March 24, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

    Thanks Deena for trying our Lemongrass Spice Drops®! And what an awasomely fresh recipe! #MustTry! x

  10. chilliandmint April 5, 2014 at 10:04 pm #

    Hi Deena, I can almost smell the wonderful aromas coming from this very original broth. Definitely one to bookmark for me. best Torie x

    • Deena Kakaya April 5, 2014 at 10:06 pm #

      Hi Torie, it’s great to hear from you, it’s been a while. This one really does smell wonderfully refreshing. Hope you enjoy it x

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